Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Nov 18, 2014

Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Sahar (San Pedro, Ca) on 04/17/2013

Systematic Yeast Infection in my dog: HELP!

Hello, Where do I start?? I thought that my soon-to-be 7 yr. old beagle, Sophie, has suffered with allergies the past couple of years. About 9 months ago, these 'allergies' went off the deep end! Chewing at her paws, licking her paws, butt scooting on the carpet/cement/anywhere, scratching her ears and face, and on and on. It got so bad, that she has the 'cone of shame' on when I cannot watch her... This is no life for her!! It wasn't until I got to the internet and started to do some research, did I come to the conclusion that maybe she has a systematic yeast infection (SYI)! Maybe she also has allergies... most likely to chicken (I think).

Her vet has never even mentioned the possiblitly of her having a SYI. It's always she has allergies to something... Give her steroids, antibiotics, benadryl. We tried an elimination diet with Hills Pet Food Z/D for 3 months... and the minute the cone was off she would want to chew her feet raw! Vicous cycle that would go on and on and is still going on and on.

I put her on Orijen's Six Fish 'grain-free' dog food, only to later find out that potatoes and sweet potatoes are a no-no for yeasty dogs. A month later, I changed her to a 'grain-free' Kangaroo and Lentils food (just in case she is allergic to the chicken, beef, etc. ). I have added organic coconut oil (2 Tbl) a day to her food, and have added 2 Teaspoons of ACV. She was having loose stools, so I added 3 Tbl of canned Pumpkin (not the pie filling type). I recently got the Total-Zymes and the Total-Biotics and have added that to her regimen as well.

I dip her feet in a mixture of water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide and pat dry twice a day. I spray this mixture on her privates and belly where it gets pinkish/redish at night. I tried ACV/Water for her ears, but found Zymox and use that now. She still has the cone, and somehow still manages to get to her back paws sometimes and chews them red :( I use Vetericin spray to heal them.

I am seeing like a flemish-mucus lining in her poop in the mornings. Her stools are still soft. Is there anything else I should be doing? Maybe it's the food? I have looked and looked for a new food that is made with fish with NO grains/potatoes/tapioca/carrots/etc. that are not good for yeast, but can't find anything that is 100% grain-starch free... any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

She is bathed weekly with an allergy shampoo from the vet. She is going to get a full panel thyroid test from Dr. Dodds next week. I have ordered collustrom (sp?), liquid collidal silver for dogs, and a detoxifyer liquid for dogs from all the research.

Do they get worse before getting better? Her paws that I dip twice a day were brownish before, and now getting pinkish-brownish. She itches on top of her paws like crazy when I pat-dry them after her rinse. I want comfort for her and for me! I am overwhelmed and exhausted... And poor Sophie is miserable. Please, anything you have done for your pets with similar issues would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
So sorry to hear about your beagle! A few things:

1. 2 tablespoons (2 Tbl) is WAY too much coconut oil. This is why she had loose stools afterwards.

2. Go really simple with her food and stay with this for awhile. Try Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (Salmon). It's grain-free. Only give her this food (no treats, no extras for awhile) and add the 2 teaspoons of organic ACV to the food and mix it all up. You could also add 1 teaspoon of the virgin coconut oil.

2. The water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide mixture, I think, is too drying. White vinegar basically does nothing. I'd soak her feet in diluted organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). No hydrogen peroxide. You can also spray her tummy with this same diluted organic ACV. Remember, if she has open sores, DO NOT use the ACV because it will STING! The open sores need to be healed with antibiotics first (from your vet). Then the ACV is used as more of a preventative.

You could also add 1 tablespoon of good-quality (greek) yogurt to her food. Make sure it's PLAIN yogurt, no sugar!

Posted by Sahar
San Pedro, Ca
Thank you, Wendy for the reply and info! I looked into Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula, but because it contains egg, potato starch, sweet potatoes, potatoes - I opted for something else.

Thank you for the tip regarding the virgin coconut oil, I will cut back to only 1.

The water/white vinegar/peroxide mix I found online from Dr. Karen Becker

Posted by Sherrie
37 Posts
Check into Bilt-jac dog food available at pet supermarket and petsmart. It's used by the trainers of Pets Ahoy show at Seaworld Orlando. We have had great success for the last 7 years with it Also consider that your dog might have mange mites causing severe itching from their biting. They are so small as to be invisible. Imagine if you had something biting, and biting.

Ted's Fungal/Staph Remedy   0  0   

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/11/2014

Dear Theresa --- would you kindly post Ted's remedy bath for staph and fungal infections? My dog needs it all over.

Thank you very much. Namaste, Om

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
542 Posts
Namaste, OM!

The remedy is as follows - just multiply to make a large batch:

1/3 cup [3%] hydrogen peroxide

2/3 cup pure water

1 tablespoon each: Milk of Magnesia, Epsom salts and Borax.

Unlike the mange remedy where you must make a saturated solution, so some grains are undissolved, you want to make sure all the grains of salt and borax are dissolved before you use, particularly if used in the ears.

If you feel you are dealing with a systemic yeast infection, you treat that from the inside out. I know you already dose yogurt and probiotics, however you might consider dosing borax in the water. Doses vary - Ted has recommended 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water down to 1/16 teaspoon so go with your gut on dose. So, if your dog's skin and ears respond to the **topical** remedy/bathing & dipping, Ted advised in 2007:

"If that [anti staph remedy] works then I might add a small amount 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in one liter of drinking water for only a couple of days. If the dog has low magnesium, quite often allergy shows up. For a yeast or even most sickness of the dog, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda added to the drinking water for a couple of days will also reduce the yeast infection. The yeast infection issue is due to a fungus, which if borax 1/16 teaspoon is added along with the baking soda in one liter of water can also take care of it. Besides those remedies also addresses dog's nutritional deficiency for bicarbonates and boron, and even if it does not directly address a very specific condition, the dog will generally get better and in some cases get cured, because of a deficiency issue. It's all about trying them out when I know those remedy are designed to address deficiency issue which makes it important that those should at least be addressed first."

Ted's Mange Remedy, Raw Food , Supplements   1  0   

Posted by DOMINIQUE (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 09/24/2007

[YEA]  My dog Serious had puppies this year in July. During the final weeks of her pregnancy she developed what appeared to be a combination of mange and earmites. Her coat was scaly, she had large and small red bumps all over her skin, she was loosing her hair and her ears were filled with a black oily substance plus she was loosing weight and just looking and smelling aweful. I wrote to Ted who told me to use his mange formula plus to give her magnesium to help her gain her normal PH balance.

Here's what I did. Topically I used Ted's mange formula once every 3 days. I put Serious on a 100% raw diet of raw ground beef mixed with magnesium, 1000 Vitamin C (Ester C), 1000iu of Vitamin E, 2 Burdock Root capsules (to cleanse her blood) and one clove of fresh raw garlic (chopped very fine). Plus, she got at least 2 to 4 hours of bright sunlight a day. She has made a full recovery just 2 weeks on the formula. I saw results immediately. All of her hair has grown back. The bumps have gone away. Her ears are completely clean and she has gained her body weight back. I hope you all find this helpful. Our pets are part of the family. God Bless!

Posted by Lance
Westville , Nova Scotia/Canada
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   My dog a rottie has a bad yeast infection. the vet had him on meds and he was fine while he was on them but then it returned along with the itch. i used a formula of 1-500ml bottle of hrdrogen peroxide 3% and 2-500ml bottles of water with 3 Tbsp of borax for a wash using this every day for 4 days spraying it on and letting it dry.

I also added 1/8 tsp borax and1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 litre of his drinking water for 3 days. His skin seems better but he is scratching constantly and now is waking up in the middle of the night to scratch. What else can I do? I having a hard time finding copper chloride but am not quite sure of the solution you provided. I find it hard to understand when you use % instead of a measurement and do you mix the copper and zinc and vinegar with water for a spray or is it a paste. But what would be a good alternative? his itch is very bad. Look forward to feedback soon.


Posted by Gina
Iuka, Ms
I have a yorkie who had problems with yeast. I have finally gotten the problem under control. Yeast cream that women use (monistat) works for the skin itching. His ears were also inflammed and I mix half white vinger, half water and dropped in each ear then the yeast cream rubbed in ear for seven days. I also read on Earth Clinic women are using plain yogurt for yeast. You might could try rubbing it on the skin. If this doesnt work there is a website that sales (Malaseb) an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo that work great. Yeast is yeast whether animal or human read about yeast infections on Earth Clinic if one doesnt work maybe another will. Good Luck

Treat for Hypothyroidism   1  0   

Posted by Chris (Chicago) on 05/12/2014

[YEA]  Hypothyroid will have the same symptoms and more of yeast/allergies. The Vet will do a thyroid specific blood test that is sent to a lab, University of Michigan is one. A regular wellness panel doesn't check all of the thyroid levels this test will do.

I mention this because I went for years doing all the cures with little improvement for smell, black skin, thick in areas, itchy paws. Went through multiple foods, including grain and potato free. Tried vinegar/peroxide soaks, probiotics and enzymes for suspected leaky gut, allergy meds, frequent baths with all the different over the counter and prescription antifungal shampoos. Dog also became lethargic and sensitive to cold.

Diagnosis came back of Hypothyroid which is treated with Levothyroxine. Saw almost immediate improvement of all symptoms. Dog does have to return to vet to recheck levels for medication adjustment.

Turmeric and Corn Starch, Clove Powder   1  0   

Posted by Shelagh (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) on 09/14/2008

[YEA]  Hi... I have a friend with an absurd little dog who keeps developing yeast infections on his underside. I made a mixture of turmeric & corn starch (50/50) and we use a powder puff to dust him from pits to his nether regions. When my friend remembers to do this, he's fine. She's a nurse & it's not easy for her to think outside the AMA box. I have also added clove powder to remedy the itch. One caveat: this stuff will stain light fur for a day or so, as well as upholstery, so I recommend dusting pets outdoors & playing with them for a while to allow the loose powder to fluff off naturally.

White Vinegar   5  0   

Posted by Annette (Barceloneta, Puerto Rico) on 06/04/2011

[YEA]  Hello I was reading the comments posted in the site because my two dogs, both females came with a yeast infection which I noticed last night. In both females their groin area became pale and moist and had some gray markings in the skin and some sort of fungus film to it. They have been scratching and biting their paws and under the armpits and showing some brown stuff inside the ears. After reading the comments I realized it is yeast and since I'm out of ACV at the moment I decided to try a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water and rub the areas where I saw most signs of yeast and hair loss with a cotton. I cleaned inside their ears as well.

Last night my golden Bonnie had her ears hot and red and today her ears and all the areas I applied the white vinegar solution (specially the paw pads and between toes) are pink and not red like last night. Maybe it would have work the same with the ACV but the white vinegar works too. I am a believer. Bonnie and Dulce are not scratching so much today and I decided to go ahead and spray the mixture all over their bodies with a bottle to let it dry. They look so much better overall, less anxious and since they lick a little they are also ingesting some which I believe is good. As for the food I am transitioning them to Wellness Complete Health Chicken from Pedigree (thanks to the new petsmart stores in PR) and the coat improvement is noticeable already. Im going to keep using the 50-50 vinegar solution and start adding the acidophilus capsules and organic yogurt supplements today( I didn't know those could help so thanks! ). If there's improvement I will update with the results.

Take care and hope we can all solve this problem to make our furry babies feel better.

Posted by Paula (Edwards, Ca (usa)) on 10/31/2009

Question about yeast infection

I have a 4 month old cocker spaniel mix (female) and she had smelly ears and was shaking her head and itching alot. I mixed equal parts of white vinegar to water and cleansed her ears. Okay so now the smell is gone. I had also noticed these black scaly patches on her ears and they seem to be eating away at the edge of her ears. Also the same black scaly patches has spread to the back of her head.

I have another dog that so far isn't having any of those problems so I wanted to find out if she can get the same problems the puppy has?

I need to find a way to treat the pup before it spreads everywhere. I can't afford to spend alot of money at the vet so if I can treat this naturally then that would better.

Posted by Elizabeth (Villa Rica, GA) on 02/20/2009

[YEA]  We found our puppy at the animal shelter over 8 years ago. When she was about 3-4 years old she started getting ear infections. The vet treated her for ear mites. It kept coming back repeatedly throughout the rest of her years. For the last couple years, she not only had problems with her ears but also her paws and rectum area. It was driving her mad. She would lay around and just whine and scoot across the floor to itch. The vet treated her for worms. This still did not help. FINALLY, after spending hundreds of dollars on getting her better, I read this blog. I drinched her in white vinegar and let it sit for as long as I could and then rinsed. The next day she was amazingly doing better. This was the first time I have seen improvement in her condition. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING A SOLUTION TO THIS ENDLESS PROBLEM. I am also giving her plain yogurt now as she has lived with this condition for so long with no help until now and I don't want it to come back for any reason. THE VINEGAR WORKS!!! I hope that anyone who reads this will give a try. Not only has it saved me a ton of money it has finally helped my poor dog get some relief. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

Posted by Kj
Gilcrest, Co, Usa
I'm afraid to do this, as my doxy Lucy has a couple open and raw spots on her feet. Her ears are also raw, swollen and bloody. I can't see using vinegar as it would burn like heck. Do you dilute the vinegar any, for bathing?

Thanks in advance -

Posted by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
Don't worry no need to use vinegar if you can't. Just get:-

1. NEEM OIL (from health store or Indian store)

2. COCONUT OIL (Good quality only plz! ) (Also from health store or Indian store)

For feeding:- Give her 4 BIG tablespoons of coconut oil each day. Will start healing the skin inside out!

For application:- Massage 3 times (morning, evening and night) a mix of neem oil and coconut oil.

Feed her homemade diet and put Apple Cider Vinegar in her food.

Good luck!

Posted by Elizabeth (Calistoga, CA) on 01/12/2009

My 5 year old Lab has been chewing and licking his paws for a year now. He had a yeast infection in his ear 3 times and now his skin on his belly and under arms are breaking out in a rash and the skin is turning black. He seems to be also losing his fur in spots. He broke out in hives all over his body and he now is inflamed around his rectum. Are these all symptoms of yeast infections?

I changed his food, washed him with a wash the vet gave me and antibiotics for his ear. But he is still suffering.

Could yeast come from the grass or the lake water? I just moved to California and it started when we moved. I am ready to go back to Colorado if I can't help him.

What is the dose of Acidophilus for 130 lbs dog?

Posted by Janice
Coloma, Mi
Go to the web-site NZMES.COM and read about yeast infections in dogs and cats. I used them on my Lab and they worked well.
Posted by Dianna
Austin, Tx
[YEA]   i have had VERY good luck with washing my dog and afterwards pouring straight white vinegar on and letting it sit and then rinsing. afterwards i pour on a dilute vinegar mixture and let stay. immediately i saw results and only had to do this a few times and then never again. i do use grandpa's pine tar soap to bathe my dogs too. make sure you get the soap and then afterwards the vinegar everywhere including their paws - you might want to use a bowl for the paws or you could use a spray bottle. for maintenance - every time i wash my dogs i pour on a dilute ACV or white vinegar rinse and then leave it.

hope this helps your dog like it helped mine. one of my dogs was chewing his feet off and this really worked.

Posted by Donna
Carlisle, Arkansas
2 Posts
I have two bulldogs, and the white is always have problems yeast. He does all the licking too! But why I am saying something is you said you had your dog on antibiotics? I have heard so many times that yeast feeds off of antibiotics. I know it sounds crazy. I had to take my bully off the antibiotics. I do believe in white vinegar and ACV.

Posted by Judy (Crystal River, Florida) on 03/09/2008

[YEA]  I read one time about white vinegar for dog ear yeast. Mine has allergies and it shows up frequently getting expensive as vets wanted to see him everytime I needed a new tube. I first clean the waxy build up with a water moistened qtip not going deep then put vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it around the inside of ears,not going deep as it runs into the ear. Dog will shake his head. I do it for a few days until the ear is no longer red with no more wax.I love this site. Thanks everyone!

Posted by susan (charlotte, nc) on 09/30/2007

[YEA]  re: Apple cider vinegar for yeast in dogs. My dog has had allergies and yeast for years. I just recently found out when you have yeast you must have more acidic foods than alkaline. I used ACV for years with horrible results but the white vinegar is non alkaline so it works much better. Hope this helps someone.

White Vinegar and Aloe, Probiotic Yogurt   1  0   

Posted by Chrissy (Roslyn, New York) on 02/19/2009

[YEA]  Hi, My little Shih Tzu suffers terribly from yeast, however, I've been spraying him down with white vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice (The organic kind made to drink). The Aloe seems to be healing up the scabby skin. Even the Vet remarked that he looked better. I am also trying the probiotics and keeping him away from all grains and veggies, just meat and fish (some raw organic meat as well.) I've seen some improvement with this protocol, and hope to have him cured or at least have this stuff under control with the acidophilolus - I added yogurt today (although he doesn't like it).

Thanks for this site, it helps me to see what other people are trying.

Posted by shelly
Kelowna, British Coloumbia
Hi I have a shitzu that is 6yrs old and when he was 3yrs old I discovered he was getting red and itchy under is arms and by his lower adomen. We struggle with the vet and he wants me to check for thyroid. I dont have that kind of money and was hoping to try the Acidophilus. The only thing is how much of it do you give a 15 lb shitzu and how much yogurt do you give. Please if anyone can help my little Nemo and what kind of food do you recommend. I hear not to give him grains,veg,and even some meats like chicken. So what can he eat then? Please I need some help .Thank You

Yeast-Free Diet   1  0   

Posted by Barbara (Toronto, On, Canada) on 12/16/2009

[YEA]  Yeast Free Diet for Pets with Yeast Infections

I used to have recurrent yeast infections that were really painful and debilitating. They completely stopped about five years ago when I stopped eating all yeast including yogurt, and all fermented products. The same is true for pets. There is alot of yeast added to pet foods and a diet free of yeast will have the same amazing results for them as it did for me. Give it a try. You may have to make your own pet foods as most pet foods use yeast as a nutritional and flavor supplelment but it is worth it. Vet bills are costly and sparing your pets the pain of yeast infections are well worth it.

Yogurt   2  0   

Posted by Jerry (Paris, Texas) on 01/16/2013

[YEA]  I have started giving our 6 mth old English Bulldog 2 large tablespoons of organic yogurt daily and you wouldn't believe the difference it has made in the smell, itching and has also softened up her coat. I've tried changing foods, and everything and finally it occurred to me perhaps it's a yeast problem and yogurt aides in creating good bacteria to kill the bad. She's also more playful, even to point to where I sometimes wish she still

Posted by Jewel (Epworth, Ga) on 03/07/2010

[YEA]  Yeast infection on dogs. Apply cold yogurt directly to the effected area.Try to keep the dog from licking untill the skin warms back up . Let the dog lick. It will relieve the itch plus digest the yogurt. Bath before to remove loose hair. This is a very messy process but is effective on the heat process which is the underlying cause (yeast loves heat). In between treatments sprits with cool plain water on hot spots. This is not a cure but a helpfull relief for the dog. Good luck and God bless.

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